There are a reas­on­able num­ber of sup­pli­ers for your let­ter­press needs. This lim­ited list is based on per­son­al recom­mend­a­tions. Please con­tact me if you want to recom­mend a sup­pli­er or want to be added.  The Let­ter­press Alive site provides a more com­pre­hens­ive list of cur­rent sup­pli­ers.


Two cur­rent sug­ges­tions: The Block Shop, Speke or KPE Graph­ics, Ket­ter­ing.

Printers’ Engineer

Tony Wood, Leeds: 0113 260 6134 —


Rollers for com­mon hand presses are avail­able from a num­ber of UK sources.  Try Elli Evans, or Adana’s par­ent com­pany — Caslon.

Printers’ Suppliers: Paper, Inks, Card

Gem­ini Print­ers’ Sup­plies offer a com­pre­hens­ive cata­logue of dif­fer­ent papers, and also sup­ply let­ter­press inks and some oth­er sun­dries.

Composing Room Stores

Quotes from Composing Room Stores
Quotes from Com­pos­ing Room Stores

Mr Juli­us Stafford-Baker, a great let­ter­press advoc­ate and hands-on help­er, has launched the first 21st Cen­tury store selling 19th Cen­tury equip­ment with his Com­pos­ing Room Stores. You can order many of the requs­ites of the let­ter­press print­er from him — fur­niture and lead­ing, pack­ing and quoins. You can also hire single words (prop­erly ‘sorts’) from him in fancy types.

The Logan Press

Patrick Roe runs a Mono­type oper­a­tion; a let­ter­press print­ing works; and also a ser­vice to move and restore machinery!  Have a look at for details.

Alderson & Co

Alder­son & CO Lim­ited spe­cial­ise in all things let­ter­press. Full Res­tor­a­tion, Sales, Ser­vice, Break­down and Relo­ca­tion of all Let­ter­press Machinery. Con­tact Neil Alder­son on 07834045453 or